Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War by Colleen Glenney Boggs

Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War

byColleen Glenney Boggs

Kobo ebook | August 1, 2016

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When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1863, he reportedly greeted her as "the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War." To this day, Uncle Tom's Cabin serves as a touchstone for the war. Yet few works have been selected to represent the Civil War's literature, even though historians have filled libraries with books on the war itself.

This volume helps teachers address the following questions: What is the relation of canonical works to the multitude of occasional texts that were penned in response to the Civil War, and how can students understand them together? Should an approach to war literature reflect the chronology of historical events or focus instead on thematic clusters, generic forms, and theoretical concerns? How do we introduce students to archival materials that sometimes support, at other times resist, the close reading practices in which they have been trained?

Twenty-three essays cover such topics as visiting historical sites to teach the literature, using digital materials, teaching with anthologies; soldiers' dime novels, Confederate women's diaries, songs, speeches; the conflicted theme of treason, and the double-edged theme of brotherhood; how battlefield photographs synthesize fact and fiction; and the roles in the war played by women, by slaves, and by African American troops. A section of the volume provides a wealth of resources for teachers.

Title:Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil WarFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 1, 2016Publisher:The Modern Language Association of AmericaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1603292772

ISBN - 13:9781603292771

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